security blanket


noun

a blanket or other familiar item carried especially by a young child to provide reassurance and a feeling of psychological security.
someone or something that gives a person a sense of protection or a feeling of security: His wealthy uncle is his security blanket.

Nearby words

  1. securities and investments board,
  2. securities exchange act,
  3. securitization,
  4. security,
  5. security analyst,
  6. security council,
  7. security guard,
  8. security of tenure,
  9. security police,
  10. security risk

Origin of security blanket

First recorded in 1965–70

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British Dictionary definitions for security blanket

security blanket

noun

a policy of temporary secrecy by police or those in charge of security, in order to protect a person, place, etc, threatened with danger, from further risk
a baby's blanket, soft toy, etc, to which a baby or young child becomes very attached, using it as a comforter
informal anything used or thought of as providing reassurance
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Idioms and Phrases with security blanket

security blanket

Something that dispels anxiety, as in I always carry my appointments calendar; it's my security blanket. This colloquial term, dating from about 1960, was at first (and still is) used for the blanket or toy or other object held by a young child to reduce anxiety.

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